Events Space: OBERON
2 Arrow St., (617) 547-8300
Named for the medieval King of the Fairies, Harvard Square’s OBERON is the raucous sister-venue to the larger American Repertory Theater. Billing itself as a “thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club theater environment,” the A.R.T.’s second stage features include experimental local hip-hop, over-the-top bar-style trivia, and an alternative burlesque festival that’s now in its fifth year. Think you’ve got an idea for a show that might be too risky to send through the normal theater channels? Great! OBERON is always open to show submissions from local artists.
Music Venue: The Sinclair
52 Church St., (617) 547-5200
From pop-punk revival acts to trap karaoke nights, the Sinclair has featured live music almost every night since opening its doors in 2012. With a capacity of 525, Bowery Boston’s Harvard Square venue offers both the intimacy of the smaller clubs that the neighborhood has long been known for and the energy of the large shows more common on the other side of the Charles. Plus, the club’s got a roof deck area, and its kitchen features some pretty creative gastropub-style options, including smoked gouda mac and cheese and “chorizo disco fries.”
Movie Theater: Kendall Square Cinema
355 Binney St., (617) 621-1202
With so many additions to Kendall Square, it can be hard to believe that one of the main attractions, the Landmark-operated theater, has been open since 1995. It’s the best place in town to catch the latest in independent or foreign film, and with nine screens and a newly renovated lobby (now serving beer and wine!), Kendall Square Cinema gives you options. Whether you’re in the mood for Korean horror, low-budget coming-of-age nostalgia, or the top selections from the latest local film festival, chances are you can find it here.
Print Shop: Classic GraphX
678 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 868-4140
While some shops offer both design and print services, most only really excel at one (if that). What makes Classic GraphX different is that it has both the designers and the printing capacity to take an idea from conception to finished product all under one roof. With over 30 years of experience, the Central Square shop’s portfolio spans generations of clients. From the Harvard Medical School to the menu for the Plough and Stars, Classic GraphX is a Cambridge institution for, well, Cambridge institutions.